On my recent book tour through the UK for my new book Eat Clean, Green and Vegetarian, I stopped off in Copenhagen on my way back home to discover a little piece of Denmark that I had always wanted to visit. It’s been on my list of places to go for as long as I can remember.
On doing some online research I decided to take my lodgings up at Ibsens Hotel, because it was affordable on my budget and close to the city on the Northern part of town, surrounded by the canal and a huge park. It turned out to be a fantastic location and one that allowed me to discover Copenhagen very easily by bicycle, as there was a bike hire shop just around the corner. Handy!
It really is such a magical city, albeit a tad colder than what I’m used to in Sydney. Think zero degree nights!
The markets are fantastic, and located in what looks like massive green houses, bursting with stalls of wonderful fresh produce, juice bars and healthy and nutritious eateries with options for breakfast, lunch and dinner.
There's also a cute cafe across the road called Kalaset with great food and a warm atmosphere. Think whimsical vintage charm, hot chocolate with marshmallows and a veggie filled soup or daily special.
Once I have gathered my bearings, I hired a bike and used that as my mode of transport for my entire stay, zipping around the city in no time to see famous sights, such as The Little Mermaid and the Royal Palace Amalienborg and the charming waterfront town of Nyhaven lined with bustling restaurants and cafes.
The Ibsen has a range of room options quaintly named by their size- Tiny, Small, Medium, Large, X-Large and Suites. I stayed in a large room which was comfortable and beautifully decorated with a combination of soft material and timber furnishings.
Fortunately there was heating available for the cold nights ensuring that my toes and fingers and other body parts were warm and cosy and not subject to chilblains!
One of the wonderful benefits of staying at Ibsens Hotel, was the phenomenal breakfast. Every morning I would wake to the smell of freshly brewing organic coffee and baked granola, one of the many items available on their daily breakfast buffet menu.
But this is nowhere near a mass produced buffet. At the Ibsen they pride themselves on providing meals filled with seasonal produce with the freshest ingredients that are sourced locally with the names of their origin on little placards for you to see. They also offer yoghurt and fresh fruit cups, sliced meat platters, cheeses and a selection of pastries and hearty, grainy breads.
Ibsens’ boasts an adjoining spa which offers a relaxing sauna, steam baths and hot tubs. If you’re in the mood for relaxation, there are a large range of treatments available including foot spas, the perfect antidote after a long day out exploring Copenhagen by bicycle and one that your feet will rejoice in.
At night happy hour runs in the dining area with complimentary drinks. You can relax in the lobby in front of the beautiful open fireplace with large armchairs and couches and listen to records on the old school record player, just the perfect place to make your home away from home.
Taking time out whilst travelling to have some time to yourself is very important to ensure that you don’t get run down and have time to reflect on the amazing journey you are currently on, being mindful and in the moment is a must and Ibsens Hotel provides the perfect place to do just that.
To find out more about rates at the Ibsen visit here.